Pin Cushion Reviews

July 20, 2018
Writer-director Deborah Haywood makes her feature directorial debut with the surreal and whimsical mother-daughter nightmare Pin Cushion, driven by a singular vision and masterful control of a unique tone, which tiptoes the line of beauty and terror.
July 19, 2018
Haywood's formidable first feature is at once a ruthless dissection of cruelty, capturing the relentless torment of outcasts for the pleasure of self-styled superiors, and a warm evocation of an interdependent mother-daughter bond.
July 19, 2018
It's not always an easy watch but it's a sensitive, assured film with characters you'll warm to and root for.
July 19, 2018
Haywood digs into her own teenage memories and unearths something eccentric, tragic and utterly unclassifiable.
July 13, 2018
A quiet and weird story, beautifully executed by Haywood.
July 13, 2018
While the mother-daughter relationship is touchingly played...the malevolence of their tormentors...is totally overegged and the finale is so bleak and garish that it derails the film completely.
July 12, 2018
It is a film whose claustrophobia and nightmare-sadness are superbly controlled, and Scanlan gives us one of the best performances of her career as the pitiful and unpitied Lyn.
October 10, 2017
Taking a very dark turn late in the second act, Pin Cushion's eccentric craft-fair aesthetic is ultimately protective cushioning wrapped around a broken heart.
October 10, 2017
At its core, this is a story about bullying and mental illness and being disconnected from reality.
Top Critic
September 27, 2017
Pin Cushion is most emotionally piercing in depicting the daily ways in which the world still punishes this loving, mild-as-milk woman for her difference.